Launch of Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan

16 June 2022

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison launched Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan on Wednesday 15th June at SCVO’s The Gathering.

VAP LaunchThe plan aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. Led by Volunteer Scotland and the Scottish Government, the plan was developed with over 100 participants, who have brought integral themes to the action plan including building knowledge and developing skills, supporting local communities and promoting the value of volunteers.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said: 
"The value of volunteering has never been higher than over the last two years, when more than three million people stepped up during the pandemic to help in our communities. Volunteers continue to be critical to Scotland's recovery and renewal. Across Scotland, people make absolutely vital contributions every day to their families, communities and society as a whole.  They do it because they care and want to help and support others. Throughout Scotland, people are volunteering and contributing on the issues that matter to them. Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan will increase awareness of the vital role of volunteers in the delivery of services across Scotland from health and social care, children and families and sport. Volunteering is powerful and it matters." 

Alan Stevenson, CEO of Volunteer Scotland, said:
"Volunteering is the heartbeat of our communities. ‘Everyday’ volunteering touches all of our lives, in our local places and spaces. Volunteering is good for you; with proven health and wellbeing benefits, greater social connections, providing skills, confidence, experience, and enjoyment! Volunteering should be available to anyone from any background, throughout their lives. This Action Plan will maximise the impact of volunteering and with co-production at its core, it’ll create an environment and a community of practice in which volunteering is truly ‘for all’. It’ll establish accountability for ensuring that the needs of volunteers are at the heart of future decision-making."

The specific goals of the Plan include:

  • Increase volunteering participation by focusing on non-volunteers and lapsed volunteers, and especially those who will gain most benefit.
  • Listen to volunteers by ensuring the volunteer ‘voice’ is heard and that volunteers help make decisions that affect them.
  • Widen access to volunteering by understanding and reducing the barriers to participation and supporting community-based, ‘place-making’ activities.
  • Provide great experiences whereby volunteers feel supported, valued, and recognised for their contribution.

This ambitious 10-year plan will need ongoing flexibility and the opportunity to review and refresh actions based on the changing landscape. In all, 47 actions have been identified and can be viewed on the Volunteering Action Plan website.

You can access the full Volunteering Action Plan, or a useful summary on the website.